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Middle School High School

P.S. 202 Ernest S. Jenkyns

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
982 Hegeman Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11208
Phone: 718-649-7880

Our Insights

What’s Special

Performing arts programs & school trips

The Downside

Poor attendance; kids say students don't treat each other with respect

Located in a handsome redbrick building just a few blocks from the Belt Parkway, PS 202 has long suffered from poor attendance and low academic performance. Enrollment has steadily declined over the years and many middle school children say they dont feel safe inside or outside the school and that kids dont respect each other.

Principal Machael Spencer Edwards took the helm in 2013 replacing former principal Pauline Gayle-Smith. Spencer Edwards was formerly assistant principal at PS 132 in Queens.

The quality review of the school under the previous principal cited a lack of coherence in instruction across the classes. Sometimes faster kids were told to wait before moving on so the teacher could check work. The staff is working to make instruction more effective by having children work in small groups. The early grades use a structured reading program that incorporates science.

On the bright side, the school offers performing arts programs, award ceremonies, holiday festivities, ballroom dance and martial arts. For parents, there are a variety of workshops including GED preparation and cooking classes. Kids take trips to Trinity Wall Street and the American Museum of Natural History. The 5th grade has a partnership with the Kings Country District Attorneys office.

Achievement First Aspire Charter, a highly structured school with a longer school day, moved into a section of the building in 2013.

English as a Second Language: The school has bilingual classes in English and Spanish in the early grades. In the older grades, an English as a Second Language teacher helps students still learning English.

Special education: PS 202 has "self-contained classes for students with special needs. There are also Integrated co-Teaching rooms, where special education and general education students learn in the same classroom, with two teachers.

Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school (Lydie Raschka, October 2013)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
49% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From this school's most recent Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems

From this school's most recent Early Childhood Environmental Rating System (ECERS-R)

Activities: Children explore art, music, sand/water, dramatic play and more
Language: Teachers talk and listen to kids in a supportive way
Interaction: Teachers ask kids good questions and invite back-and-forth conversation

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


East New York (District 19)
Trains: 3 Line to New Lots Ave
Buses: B13, B14, B15, B20, B84, BM5, Q8


Ronald James Jr
Parent Coordinator
Charlene Letang

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with Achievement First Aspire Charter School

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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